The Spirits of Hinduism

The Hindus brave the wrath of the Aluminat by worshiping a God. However, their God is so similar to 'the force of universal order and harmony' that the Aluminat don't ask too many questions. Hinduism is also so diverse in its beliefs that the Europeans have a hard time trying to define what they do and don't like about it. Hinduism has no central authority, and different regions and sects of Hinduism can have very contradictory rites and tenets. In fact, the name Hinduism was actually invented by the British to try and cover the mass of similar but diverse beliefs found in India.

To save further argument and confusion, the Europeans decided that the Hindus are worshiping the same force of Order, but are just a little backward in their beliefs. The Hindu God is very complicated, even for Hindus. He is all things to all people, and is divided into three aspects: Brahma (the father and creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer). Vishnu in particular has manifested on Earth in many different forms, as the avatars: Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, Balarama and Kalki. All the spirits and Gods of Hinduism can be considered separate entities who are also all part of one God. As Brahma is all things, Hindus have a tendency to adopt other Gods as new facets of Brahma and generally believe in the divinity and truth of all Gods. Such is the complicated and confusing nature of Hinduism.

As Brahma is thought of as the father, there are also many aspects of his wife, the 'Mother Goddess'. These include the deities: Amman, Devi, Durga, Kali,Lakshmi, Parvati and Shakti. Many of these avatars relate to incarnations of the mother Goddess in the old faith, which makes the Europeans very nervous. In addition to the aspects and avatars of the father and the mother, there are a number of popular spirits and Gods. Many are 'relatives' of the celestial family, others are lower spirits, much like Aluminat Angels, called Devas. The list is also extensive that is rivals the Aluminat list of saints. Here are a few of the more popular Hindu spirits:



Aditi

This ancient Goddess holds dominion over the sky, as well as consciousness, the past and the future.

Annapurna

One of the incarnations of the mother Goddess, Annapurna is the Goddess of food and cooking. As such, she is also worshiped as a spirit of nourishment and care.

Dhanwantari

This God was once a normal man, but was elevated to the heavens due to his skills as a physician. He is an advocate of Ayurveda, which is a path to health researched by being in harmony with your body and environment.

Garuda

The King of birds bears more than a passing resemblance to his charges. He has the talons, beak and wings of an eagle. He is also a messenger for the other Gods.

Ganesha

This elephant-headed God is the son of Parvati, and won a contest to become 'Lord of all existing beings'. He is known for his wisdom and cleverness, having won his place in Heaven by showing cunning and intelligence in many contests.

Hanuman

This monkey God is known for his virtue, strength, humility and courage, due to his loyal service to other Gods. There are many stories about his (often comic) exploits.

Indra

As the King of all Gods and heavens, Indra has always had his work cut out for him. He is a powerful figure who is not always able to maintain his position, but is always able to reclaim it.

Kali

This complicated Goddess is one of the incarnations of the Mother Goddess. She represents fear and death, and mixes both with a powerful sexuality. However, her essence of death is really transformation and not endings. The fear she represents is the barrier to be passed that frees us from ignorance. Kali is worshiped by a strange fanatical cult called 'The Deceivers', who may even now walk the streets of London.

Lakshmi

This aspect of the mother Goddess is concerned with wealth and fortune. As an aspect of the mother Goddess, she also carries the energy of the universe.

Maya

This deity of illusion carries many secrets. She blurs the line between self and the universe, but can also take away the veil and bring clarity. She is regarded as the Goddess of magic, and many western sorcerers who 'go native' can be found among her worshipers.

Saraswati

Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge, art and music, as well as being a river Goddess. Artists and scholars pray to her for fortune in examinations and performances. She is usually pictured wearing white, playing a vena (stringed instrument) and riding a swan or peacock.

Shakti

This version of the mother Goddess represents the universal force. She is the power behind all the Gods, as the raw (feminine) energy of life and the universe. She is often coupled with Lakshmi (the energy of Vishnu) and Parvati (the energy of Shiva). All Hindu Gods have an aspect of Shakti, which is the source of their power.

Yama

The lord of the dead is a fearsome spirit, but also a just one. He judges the amount of time for which souls should be rewarded or punished before being reborn again.